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Vistula Ethnographic Park & Lipowiec Castle Tour From Krakow

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  • Explore rural Polish life at a fascinating open-air museum
  • View lovely old wooden buildings that have stood the test of time
  • See ancient traditions and crafts brought back to life
  • Visit Lipowiec Castle and enjoy stunning forest views
  • Glorious photo-opportunities

Travel back in time to experience the lifestyle of Polish peasants between the 17th and 20th centuries on this enchanting tour.

Leave Krakow and travel to Wygiezlow to visit Vistula Ethnographic Park, a lovely open-air museum that recreates a typical West Cracovian village of the past.

Feel the 21st century recede as you absorb the gentle pace of rural life. Wander among fruit trees, flower and vegetable gardens and admire the 17th century wooden houses, beautifully mellowed by the passage of time.

See items of Cracovian dress like the “krakuska” hat. Stroll through the market place with its old well and visit the tavern. View essential features of village life like the granary, oil mill and pottery, and visit the church, school and 18th century manor house.

Your trip to the country ends on a high note, literally, when you visit Lipowiec Castle and climb the tallest tower to enjoy magnificent views of the forest and open-air museum.


For your delightful Vistula Ethnographic Park & Lipowiec Castle Tour From Krakow you will be picked up from your hotel reception desk in the lobby of your hotel at the time arranged with the local activity operator. Alternatively you can join the tour at 2 Swietego Jana Street.

You’ll travel in a car or a minibus (depending on the size of your party). with your English speaking guide. The tour will involve quite a lot of walking, so do make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes.

Leaving Krakow you will drive to the Vistula Ethnographic Park in Wygielzow, about 45 minutes from Krakow. Here, at the foot of Lipowiec Castle, you will find a large open-air museum with 23 or more fascinating cultural exhibits displayed in a reconstructed village.

A stroll around the village reveals the life of West Cracovian peasants of the 17th to 20th centuries. You’ll see the market place with a 19th century well, a water mill, an oil mill, and lovely old wooden houses and barns. You’ll find out what the peasants wore and learn about the village crafts such as candle-making, pottery, weaving and wicker-work.

You’ll see key buildings such as a 19th century tavern – the “Zagroda Inn” –a 17th century church with a bell tower and a village school. Make sure you don’t miss the 18th century brick manor house. Step inside to see the beautiful reconstructed tile stoves from the beginning of the 19th century and the exhibitions showing the life of a wealthy noble family.

Looking down on the open-air museum are the ruins of Lipowiec Castle, which you will visit with your guide. Dating from the 13th century, the castle was for many years in the hands of the Krakow bishops. At first its purpose was as a fortress to defend the trade routes but it later became a prison and a reformatory house for dissident clergy.

Climb up to the top of the tallest tower and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding forest and the open-air museum below before boarding your vehicle to return to Krakow. At the end of the tour you will be dropped at your hotel or at 2 Swietego Jana Street.

Please note
Please call the activity operator on your arrival in Krakow to reconfirm departure details.
Meals are not included with this tour so we recommend you bring a packed lunch.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in a car or minibus
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Ticket to Open Air Museum
  • Ticket to Lipowiec Castle
  • Meals and beverages
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily
5 hours
Start time
Hotel pick-ups are available every hour between 0800h (8:00am) and 1300h (1:00pm). Pick-up times vary between the hotels.
Meeting point
Please wait next to the reception desk in the lobby of your hotel in Krakow.
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator on arrival in Krakow with these details.)
Alternate Pick up point: You can join the tour at 2 Swietego Jana Street, Discover Cracow Tourist Information point. (Corner of Swietego Jana Street and Main Market Square).
Ending point
You will be dropped off back at your hotel.
Alternatively you can be dropped off at 2 Swietego Jana Street.
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
Dos & Don'ts
There will be a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes. For wet or snowy conditions take a warm and waterproof coat and an umbrella. Don’t forget the camera!

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